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   2 October 2018 Issue 231 - Nations Celebrate







Ambassador Francisco Berguño of Chile hosted a reception to celebrate the 208th anniversary of the establishment of the first autonomous government in Chile in 1810. He is pictured with Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers of Dirco.
Addressing guests Ambassador Berguño said that during just over two hundred years, Chile has gone through different stages of development and integration into the international community. Today Chile is a vibrant economy, well connected to the world and fully committed to upholding the values of freedom, equality, non-discrimination, democracy and human rights. Chile has a longstanding friendship with South Africa that is based on these shared values and that stands on various strong pillars, said Ambassador Berguño.


Raising a toast to the people of South Africa and China, Ambassador Lin Songtian marked the 69th anniversary of the PRC, the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up and the 20th anniversary of China – South Africa diplomatic relations.
China, with a steady contribution of around 30% to global growth has become a reliable engine for stability and development of the world economy.
South Africa enjoys unique advantages complemented with China’s comparative strength is the best foundation presenting ideal conditions for broad development prospects, said Ambassador Lin.  Pointing out the recent FOCAC, BRICS, G20 and UNGA fora is an expression of the multilateral cooperation that the countries enjoy. Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela who 20 years ago established diplomatic relations on the basis of the one China policy, is the reason for the strategic, comprehensive partnership between China and South Africa.


Mr. Mohamad Nizan Mohamad, High Commissioner of Malaysia to South Africa commemorate the National Day of Malaysia on 31 August 2018 and Malaysia Day on 16 September 2018. He is pictured with Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa, Deputy Minister of Labour. The story of Malaysia is colourful with its humble beginnings as a poor developing country with a low-income agricultural-based economy after achieving independence. Through its attained sovereign and freedom to chart its own course in its own mould, today, Malaysia has grown into a leading developing country. Its rapid development was spearheaded by good governance of the government of the day in nurturing growth while balancing social stability. Today, Malaysia is a proud nation with a population of 33 million people comprises of various ethnicities and cultures, said High Commissioner Mohamad.


Ambassador Ana Luisa Fajer of Mexico hosted a celebration to mark the 208th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico and to launch the festivities to commemorate the “Silver Anniversary”
of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mexico and South Africa.
Having completed her Masters degree thesis about the nature of the South African state, and the liberation struggle and then to have met Nelson Mandela on his visit to Mexico, Ambassador Fajer
said that her posting to South Africa is a dream come true. She is pictured with Ms. Susan Shabangu, Minister of Social Development



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Ambassador Amrit Bahadur Rai of Nepal to South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the National Day of Nepal in Pretoria, SA. He is pictured with Mrs Rai  Mr. Joy Rathebe, Deputy Director General, Office of the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa
Nepal is one of the oldest nation states in South Asia founded in 1768 as the 22nd state among the global community of nation-states. Nepal has always remained an independent country. On the 20th of September in 2015, the Constituent Assembly of Nepal promulgated the new constitution as the successful conclusion of the peace process that was started in 2006. The Government of Nepal decided to commemorate the 20th of September, as the National Day of Nepal to signify the importance of the adoption of the constitution.



At the celebration of Ukraine’s 27th anniversary of Independence, Liubov Abravitova, Charge d’Affaires of Ukraine spoke about Ukrainians and how they changed history. These are Oscar-winning animator of the Disney Studio Volodymyr Titla; a talented geneticist
who developed the theory of Darwin, Theodosius Dobzhansky; scientist-mathematician, whose developments formed the basis of the world’s first computer, Mikhail Kravchuk; the daughter of
a Lviv banker who invented the principle of Wi-Fi, Gedi Lamar; North American legendary goalkeeper Terry Sawchuk; Kharkiv resident, who successfully decoded ancient Mayan writing, Yuriy Knorozov.



Photo: Ambassador of Uruguay Mr C E Rodriguez Zavalla, Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi, the king of the Royal Bafokeng Nation and Mr. Daniel Martinez, Mayor of Montevideo city.
Ambassador of Uruguay Mr C E Rodriguez Zavalla hosted a reception to celebrate the 193rd anniversary of independence of Uruguay.
South Africa is his first posting as an ambassador and so will always hold a special place in his heart. Uruguay intends to continue working in strengthening its ties with the African continent in
general and South Africa in particular and a number of bilateral agreements have been entered into force and a few more currently under negotiation, said Ambassador Rodriguez Zavalla.

Saudi Arabia

Ambassador Ghorm Said Malhan pictured greeting guests on the occasion of the 88th national day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at a reception in Pretoria, South Africa. Police Minister Bheki Cele was guest of honour and acknowledged the relationship between South Africa and Saudi Arabia. Ambassador Ghorm Said Malhan paid tribute to former president Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu as icons of freedom. The seeds of cooperation between the two countries began with President Mandela’s official visit to Saudi Arabia in 1994.
Ambassador Malhan noted that Saidi Arabia was honoured to host and serve more than 4000 South African pilgrims who performed Hajj this year.



Increasing tourism between Palestine and South Africa

South African Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom together with his Palestinian counterpart, HE Rula Ma’Ayah Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of the State of Palestine signed a landmark tourism cooperation agreement between the countries at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.
The cooperation agreement was preceded by a bilateral discussion between the two countries on the occasion of Minister Ma’ Ayah's official visit to South Africa.
“We encourage South Africans to visit Palestine. We know that there are obstacles, but we are confident that just like us[SA], the people of Palestine will find peace soon. We stand in solidarity with the world in finding lasting solutions on the Palestinian question,” said Minister Hanekom in his welcoming remarks to the State of Palestine delegation.
In her response to Minister Hanekom’s remarks, Minister Ma’Ayah expressed her gratitude on behalf of the people of Palestine for the continued support from South Africa including multilateral efforts in finding lasting peace.



Statue immortalises Madiba’s values at UN

The unveiling of a life-size statue of democratic South Africa’s founding father, Nelson Mandela, at the United Nations headquarters in New York will forever serve as a reminder of everything the exceptional statesman stood for.
“President Mandela firmly believed that the United Nations was the most valuable and effective instrument for the advancement of peace, development and equality that humanity had conceived.
“We trust that this statue will remain a constant reminder to the international community of the dedication of Nelson Mandela to the mission of the United Nations and a constant affirmation of South Africa’s commitment to contribute to a better world for all,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa at the occasion of the statue unveiling.
President Ramaphosa was in New York for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This year, the unveiling of the statue of President Mandela and the historic Nelson Mandela Peace Summit -- a high-level plenary meeting convened by the President of the General Assembly, Maria Espinosa, in honour of the centenary of the birth of South Africa’s first democratically elected President – preceded the UN General Debate.
President Ramaphosa said he was encouraged by how the rest of the world has embraced the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, something he said was “truly humbling”.
“For those of us gathered here at the United Nations, Nelson Mandela will forever hold a special place in our hearts because of his dedication to the service of humanity and the promotion of peace throughout the world.
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ITU Telecom World 2019 heads to Budapest


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the government of Hungary confirmed the hosting of the next ITU Telecom World event in Budapest, Hungary. The announcement followed a high-level meeting during ITU Telecom World 2018 being held 10-13 September in Durban, South Africa between ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao and the Government of Hungary, represented by Péter Sztáray, State Secretary for Security Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.
The leading technology event for governments, corporates and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), ITU Telecom World 2019 will focus on the smart digital innovations that can enhance lives, and the key role that SMEs can play within the information and communication technology (ICT) ecosystem. It will continue as the international platform connecting tech SMEs with governments and corporates, attracting member states, regulators, heads of international organizations, global media, digital experts and visionaries, leading ICT corporations and cutting-edge tech SMEs from the region and across the globe.
“I am delighted to be working together again with the government of Hungary to build another successful ITU Telecom World event. With its excellent strategic location and dynamic digital ecosystem, Budapest provides the prime venue to explore the innovations, strategies and policies that are fuelling the digital economy," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “We look forward to continued close cooperation with our hosts across all elements of the event, from the Exhibition, to Forum debates, networking and more, providing a global stage for innovation, ideas and expertise from Hungary and the wider region to meet the world."

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100th Anniversary of Czechia

Dr. Michal Král, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Pretoria speaks about the 100th Anniversary of the Czech Republic
Diplomatic Society (DS): The Czech Republic was born in 1993, so why do you celebrate your National Day on 28 October as 100th Anniversary?
Ambassador Král (HE): You are quite right. The Czech Republic, or in short Czechia, as we know it today, came into being after a friendly (some use the word “velvet”) dissolution of Czechoslovakia on the 1st January 1993. But it existed long before – within the federal system of Czechoslovakia –and is a direct political successor and heir of Czechoslovakia in terms of international law.
What we commemorate this year is the 100th Anniversary since the restoration of the Czech sovereign statehood in its historical borders, after three centuries of the Czech Lands, originally an independent duchy and since 12th century a kingdom, having been part of the Austrian and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire which ruined itself in a very unfortunate way due to WWI.
At the turn of the 19th and 20th century, the Czech Lands were a highly developed industrial country representing 75% of industry of the whole Empire, with intensive agriculture, practically zero illiteracy and rich cultural life with people like the famous poet    Jan Neruda, painter Alfons Mucha and the world-known composer Antonín Dvorák who were active at that time.










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